Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, David, 2018. edition of 6 plus AP concrete, enamel, oxide 390 x 480 x 310. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. Courtesy of the artist and Moore Contemporary

13 February to 21 March 2021

Jamie North, Remainder No.12 (incline), 2017. Cement, blast furnace slag, marble dust, steel. 300 dia, slide 370 x 2000 x 300. Photo: courtesy of Jamie North, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

CONCRETE: art design architecture is a major exhibition exploring innovative ways that concrete is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. Curated by JamFactory’s Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator) and Brian Parkes (CEO), the exhibition includes 21 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with concrete within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia.

Having a history spanning over 3000 years, concrete was first used by Egyptians in the building of the pyramids before the Romans produced what today we call hydraulic cement based concrete, used most dramatically in the Pantheon (completed 128AD). With the fall of the Roman Empire the secrets of concrete were lost, and it was not until the early nineteenth century that, through the development of Portland Cement, modern concrete was born.

It is hard to imagine a world without concrete. A material so ubiquitous we rarely take the opportunity to consider its impact on our lives and its role in the development of modern societies. This exhibition aims to question our preconceptions of concrete and to consider its functional as well as its expressive, poetic and aesthetic dimensions.

FULL LIST OF EXHIBITORS:
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA)
Adam Goodrum (NSW)
Alexander Lotersztain (Qld)
Anna Horne (SA)
Baldasso Cortese Architects (Vic)
Candalepas Associates (NSW)
CHEB – Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa (SA)
Convic (Vic)
Durbach Block Jaggers Architects (NSW)
Edition Office (Vic)
Elvis Richardson (Vic)
Glenn Murcutt (NSW)
Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans (NSW)
Inari Kiuru (Vic)
Jamie North (NSW)
Megan Cope (Vic)
Rhiannon Slatter (Vic)
Tom Borgas (SA)
Sanne Mestrom (Vic)
SMART Design Studio (NSW)
WOOD Melbourne (Vic)

Public Programs

CURATOR FLOOR TALK
SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY, 12.30PM

FREE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL (Limited due to COVID 19 regulations)
Click here to watch a recording of the event online

Join lead curator Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator, JamFactory) in a walk through the exhibition, as we discuss the artists, their practice and the material.

Image: Durbach Block Jaggers, Tamarama House, 2015. Photo: Tom Ferguson.

WORKSHOP: CASTING WITH ANNA HORNE
SATURDAY 13 MARCH
$30PP | 18+ ONLY | ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED | LIMITED TO 10 PLACES
Session 1: 9am-12pm Click here to book online
(SOLD OUT)
Session 2: 12.30-3.30pm Click here to book online (SOLD OUT)

Explore the materiality of concrete with Anna Horne. Participants will make sculptures cast in plaster using moulds made out of everyday materials.

Image: Anna Horne, Hardly Soft (red), 2018. Concrete 1000 x 300 x 300. Photo: Grant Hancock.

View the exhibition walkthrough below:

View the Curator Floor Talk with Margaret Hancock Davis below:

Click here to download the Concrete Education Kit